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Should the Voting Age Be Lowered to 16?

Post | October 22, 2018

While many Americans are concerned about low rates of voter turnout, particularly among young people, there is growing evidence that voter turnout is not the only element of American democracy that shows signs of unhealthy behavior. Yoni Appelbaum argues in The Atlantic that “Americans Aren’t Practicing Democracy Anymore.” Appelbaum writes that democracy is an “acquired habit” that develops slowly […]


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What’s at Stake in the Senate Races?

Post | October 17, 2018

What’s Up? There are 35 Senate seats up for grabs in 2018 (including two—Minnesota and Mississippi—that are up for special election). Of those 35 seats, 26 of them are currently held by Democrats. The Current Situation  Republicans currently hold the majority (51 seats) in the Senate; Democrats hold 47 seats and independents hold two seats. […]


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The Kavanaugh Question

Post | October 15, 2018

Although Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment was ultimately successful, the question remains of whether or not it will be an instance of winning the battle but losing the war with regard to the 2018 midterm elections. Some commentators have suggested that had Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation failed, it might have sparked a backlash among voters in both […]


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Hacking and the Midterms

Post | October 11, 2018

As we continue to debate the role that hacking played in the 2016 election, government officials and others are grappling with the future of American elections,especially next month’s midterm elections. People who are concerned with the long-term civic and political health of the United States understand that free and fair elections are a fundamental component […]


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Youth Voting: Is It the Issues?

Post | October 8, 2018

Why do young people vote at lower rates than other groups? There are a number of possible reasons. Today, we will look at one possible factor: that the political arena does not address the concerns of young voters. Below, you’ll find a discussion guide and a few resources to help students think about the decision […]


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Tracking the Election

Post | September 30, 2018

A few ways to keep students engaged with the midterm elections include tracking public opinion polling in your state, keeping track of national trends, and monitoring important Senate, House, and gubernatorial races. Begin by visiting the following links: Vox outlines the stakes in the midterm elections Explore RealClearPolitics’ Senate, House, and gubernatorial maps Some questions […]


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Teaching the 2018 Midterms

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The 2018 midterm elections are upon us and control of Congress is at stake! For most people, the election will be less than 75 days away when the school year starts, and state primaries may already be over. Preparing new voters In the months leading up to Election Day, we will use this blog space […]


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About the Blog

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Teaching the news is time consuming and complicated; by the time you are able to find and process important issues and identify how to teach them, they are old news. This site will be updated frequently with links to classroom-ready news items, relevant context, and suggested teaching activities and discussion questions. Teaching Controversial Issues We […]


Climate Change

Issue Discussion | August 6, 2018

Evaluate six proposals that the United States could incorporate into its energy and environmental policies. Consider the pros and cons of each proposal and which option(s) you would most likely support. 


Democracy and Adversity, 1919-1945

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Experience the Jazz Age, the Great Depression and the New Deal, and the saga of World War II through the eyes and pens of some of America’s greatest writers and poets, from F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zora Neale Hurston to Ralph Ellison and Elie Wiesel. Help your students see a new perspective of critical moments […]


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